...which for people outside India is like pretend buzz, a way to play at being a fixated movie fan. (A friend who collects Cantopop recordings sees something similar at work there; some residual snobbery holds her back from becomeing a fan of Western pop that doesn't apply to the Chinese stuff.)
The Indian Film Academy Awards were handed out in Toronto over the weekend
,"Dabangg," a tale about a corrupt police officer, dominated the 12th International Indian Film Academy awards, snagging nine prizes including best picture at the star-studded event in Toronto — held on North American soil for the first time.
"Dabangg" led the awards tally, sweeping trophies in the music category in Toronto's packed Rogers Centre, filled with more than 22,000 Bollywood fans and stars. The hit took the prize for best playback singer female, playback singer male, music direction, choreography and sound re-recording. A playback singer pre-records songs so Bollywood actors can lip sync to them in their films. "Dabangg" star Sonu Sood won for best performance in a negative role.
The film also garnered the awards for best screenplay and for best female debut which went to Sonakshi Sinha for her role in the film as Sood's love interest. It also snagged the best action award.